Two Convicted in Racially Motivated Killing
RENO, Nev. (AP) _ Two skinheads were found guilty of first degree murder in the racially motivated slaying of a black man.
A Washoe District Court jury deliberated for 17 hours over two days before returning guilty verdicts late Wednesday against Matthew Faessel, 19, and Michael Stringer, 18. The two were charged with the December 1988 drive-by shooting death of 27-year-old Tony Montgomery.
″His name can rest. We can put him to rest, thank God,″ said Franny Montgomery, one of the victim’s sisters.
Faessel and Stringer sat expressionless while the verdicts were read. Defense lawyers said they will appeal to the Nevada Supreme Court.
The jury was scheduled to decide Thursday afternoon whether Faessel and Stringer should be allowed the possibility of parole while serving life prison terms.
The two teen-agers also were found guilty of conspiracy to commit murder, and discharging a firearm into a dwelling. Stringer also was convicted of being an accessory to murder.
Prosecutors said Faessel and Stringer were white supremacist skinheads who went hunting for a black man following a party attended by other neo-Nazi skinheads.
Angela Stanley, 18, who drove the car involved in the murder, testified that Faessel fired the fatal shot, then the two young men laughed as Montgomery fell to the ground mortally wounded in the front yard of his sister Deborah Reese.
Stanley pleaded guilty to second degree murder. She is awaiting sentencing.
″It’s like a burden off my shoulders,″ Reese said after the verdicts were announced Wednesday.